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MATRIC Brooke Albin Authors Chapter 1: Crystallization

MATRIC Manager of Laboratories Brooke Albin authored “Chapter 1: Crystallization” in the recently published Integration and Optimization of Unit Operations: Review of Unit Operations from R&D to Production: Impacts of Upstream and Downstream Process Decisions. This book, edited by Barry A. Perlmutter of Perlmutter & Idea Development LLC, offers an integrated and holistic approach [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Analytical Chemistry

A company in the service industry relied on several analytical providers to determine the detailed composition of complex product streams. Samples were being sent to various locations for analysis, and slow turnaround times meant that the results of process changes could not be tracked in a timely manner. The result was lost time and [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Novel Polyolefin Products

A novel family of polymers with a polyolefin backbone was being produced in small batches at laboratory scale by a customer.  MATRIC undertook a process development project to investigate the effects of a number of process variables on the polymer properties. A semi-continuous process was instituted, which allowed the production of multiple kilograms of product [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Renewable Fuel Additive

A concept had been proposed by a customer for production of a fuel additive derived from biomass. The process was investigated first in a small-scale stirred autoclave, which led to modifications to improve the procedure. Quantities of the product were required for performance evaluation, so the process was moved to a larger batch reactor. [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Simulation, Reactive Distillation

A process concept was proposed that included a reactive distillation step. MATRIC created an Aspen model of the process and developed a design for a pilot scale installation to evaluate the process experimentally. After construction and commissioning, the reactive distillation was run under a range of conditions to compare the results with those predicted by [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Solvent Purification

A customer had observed that a solvent being used in a reaction of interest gave varying results, depending on the purification method. MATRIC carried out a study of the impurities present in the commercial material and the effects of a number of treatments on the product purity. Samples were then provided for testing in the [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Development and Scale-Up

MATRIC was approached by a customer who wanted to design and test a novel process concept for a thermal reaction that required pumping a viscous fluid at quite high temperatures under pressure. MATRIC reviewed the requirements for the specialized pump, identified a suitable design, and worked with a vendor to have the unit delivered. Meanwhile, [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Pilot Scale Alkylation

MATRIC undertook a project to test the performance of novel catalysts for an alkylation process at pilot scale. A fixed bed catalytic reaction system was designed and constructed, with full automation and safeguards for operating with highly hazardous materials. The unit was safely started up and operated to prove the performance of the catalysts. Multiple [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Reactive Distillation

An equilibrium-limited reaction was identified as a candidate for reactive distillation, which would potentially offer substantially reduced investment and operating costs. The separations were modeled with Aspen Plus, which helped identify several process options for reactive distillation. However, kinetic information on the rates of the catalyzed reactions involved were not known. Laboratory experiments were design [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Carbonylation Catalyst Evaluation

The patent literature described a catalyst for a carbonylation reaction of potential interest to a customer. MATRIC set up a stirred pressure reactor capable of carrying out the reaction under CO pressure. The unit was designed for semi-continuous operation, which allowed product to be removed and catalyst to be added during operation. An experimental program [...]

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